Tuesday 28 November, 2017

Mark 11:1-11

11 As they all approached Jerusalem, they came to Bethphage and Bethany at the Mount of Olives. Jesus sent out two of his disciples. 2 He said to them, “Go to the village ahead of you. Just as you enter it, you will find a donkey’s colt tied there. No one has ever ridden it. Untie it and bring it here. 3 Someone may ask you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ If so, say, ‘The Lord needs it. But he will send it back here soon.’ ” 4 So they left. They found a colt out in the street. It was tied at a doorway. They untied it. 5 Some people standing there asked, “What are you doing? Why are you untying that colt?” 6 They answered as Jesus had told them to. So the people let them go. 7 They brought the colt to Jesus. They threw their coats over it. Then he sat on it. 8 Many people spread their coats on the road. Others spread branches they had cut in the fields. 9 Those in front and those in back shouted, “Hosanna!” “Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!” (Psalm 118:25,26) 10 “Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David!” “Hosanna in the highest heaven!” 11 Jesus entered Jerusalem and went into the temple courtyard. He looked around at everything. But it was already late. So he went out to Bethany with the 12 disciples.

How glorious it is to read of Jesus being rightly worshipped. Yes, He was about to be rejected, but for a moment here we see everyday life halt for the King of Kings. For a moment the most important thing was to honour Jesus. What a beautiful taste of what is to come when Jesus shall return and every knee will bow!

The other thing that strikes me is how prepared God is. Jesus sends the disciples to fetch the donkey and He tells them where and how to secure it. There is already a good plan because God has organised it. I also love that even though the task was simple, Jesus sent two people. Jesus was not solely focused on getting the task done, He cared that His followers had company and encouragement. I find I can do so much more and face the unknown confidently when I have a partner, and I imagine it was the same for these two men.

Thank you God that because of you we have reason to be joyful. We can look forward to the time when all will be put to right, and in this present moment we can be assured that you have a plan and it is good! Bless you God.

Written by Bethany Waugh

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